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Reviewed: Tao Feng: Fist of the Lotus
Producer: Microsoft
Required System: Xbox
Overall Rating:
Author: Michael Ahlf       Date: June 24th, 2003
Page: 1


Fighting games have been around a good while, coming from the days of even the first consoles which included such classics as Boxing for the Atari 2600. Over the years, various people have had ideas on what a "perfect" fighting game is, and when a game lacks something, always complained either that the producers didn't let them do what they wanted, or that technology wasn't there for it yet.

Such was the fate of Mortal Kombat; the first two were really fun, the third and fourth went rapidly downhill, and as for the fifth... it has had mixed reviews. The brainchild of Ed Boon and John Tobias, Mortal Kombat brought guts and gore, along with a whole new engine, to a genre that had been previously dominated by Street Fighter II clones.

Since then, John Tobias has split off, forming his own studio called Studio Gigante, and seemingly had all the ingredients to make HIS perfect fighting game. Tao Feng is the result, and visually it's darned impressive, adding in some things that would seemingly make a great game on their own.

Unfortunately for us, John Tobias' vision isn't as great as we all could hope, suffering a few fatal flaws that one could only hope would be cleared up in a sequel.

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Added:  Tuesday, June 24, 2003
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
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